Request a Free Radon Test Kit
The Kentucky Radon Program provides radon test kits free of charge to Kentucky residents through grant funding from the EPA State Indoor Radon Grant.
If you are a Kentucky resident and your health department is on the
radon program list, you may request a free kit from your health department.
If your county is not listed, please complete the form on the
Free Radon Test Kit offer website.
What is Radon?
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Radon gets into the air you breathe through cracks, crevices and openings in the foundation. Radon gas is not visible and has no odor or taste. It is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, estimated to cause thousands of deaths annually. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths.
Any home not constructed to be radon resistant may have a radon problem. Nearly one in 15 homes in the U.S. has elevated radon levels. Testing the home is the only way to determine the radon level. Depending on the level of radon in the home, additional action may be needed. According to the EPA there is no known safe level of exposure to radon. The EPA strongly recommends immediate radon mitigation of the home if the test shows 4 picocuries (pCi/L) or more. If the radon test shows between 2 and 4 pCi/L, the owner should consider radon mitigation. Radon can also enter the home through well water but usually carries little risk in Kentucky. For more information about
radon in drinking waterplease call the state radon office or the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791.
For more information about radon, visit Radon in Kentucky: A Story Map.
Promoting Radon Awareness
The Kentucky Radon Program encourages continuous education on radon gas. Through education and increased awareness, health hazards caused by radon can be reduced. To support radon awareness, the Kentucky Radon Program hosts a radon poster and video contest for schools. Further information about the 2022-2023 Radon Poster and Video contests will be announced in Summer 2022. For questions, please contact
Radon Action Month 2024
Governor's Proclamation 2024
Radon Awareness Poster Contest
Poster Contest Information and
Artwork Submission Form
Radon Poster Contest Winners
Radon Awareness Video Contest
Video Contest Information and
Video Submission Form
Video Contest Winner: First Place
Video Contest Winner: Second Place
Video Contest Winner: Third Place
Radon Comic Book
Invisible Enemy: The Rise of Radon Comic Book